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Latest Eneclann Newsletter: 26th of May 2014

Eneclann Newsletter
In this issue:


  • World War I & Independent.ie
  • GAS Workshop for June.
  • UCC Genealogy School
  • Derry-Londonderry:Gateway to a New World.
  • Database of over 500 directories.
  • Family Tree designs.
  • Research Tip of the week.



Dear Eneclann customer,

Eneclann talk World War I to Independent.ie

‘Hundreds of thousands of other people in this country have a relative who fought in that “war to end all wars”

As John Meagher fromThe Independent.ie discovers, researchers here atEneclann are hard at work digitising the records of Ireland’s World War I dead. Brian Donovan, Eneclann CEO, talks about how soldiers and civilians of every nationality were slaughtered in their millions.
“They deserve to be remembered”
Independent.ie Interview

‘Virtually every town and village had someone who died in the war’

Read Brians full articles on the Eneclann Blog

Finding records for soldiers and those who were involved in WWI

Continuous Professional Development in Irish Family History

The expert workshops launched in April by Eneclann in partnership with Ancestor Network, are proving very popular. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from those attending:

Phil Stokes, Dublin, attended Jim Ryan’s workshop,

Ghosts of the Estates:

“Great talk, I immediately had information that helped my research”

Michael Rooney, co. Down attended Fiona Fitzsimons’ workshop

Records of Children in Care 1840s to 1990s:

“A comprehensive introduction to records for ‘Lost Children’ …. It explored the challenges that genealogists face when researching in this area as well as offering potential solutions to problems encountered.”

This month our speaker isMaeve Mullin, B.Sc.

with a workshop on
Finding Forgotten Irish WWI Soldiers: a case-study of Glaslough, co. Monaghan.

In this workshop Maeve Mullin uses as a case-study, her own community of Glaslough, county Monaghan, to recover the names and personal histories of locals that fought and died in WWI.

The workshop takes place on two dates:

3pm on Thursday 5th June, in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Block Trinity College, and2pm on Saturday 7th June, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Even as the centenary commemorations for WWI begin, historians still can’t agree on the number of Irish war dead. The official figures  are 49,300, but even these have been challenged as being both too low, and too high.

In this workshop Maeve Mullin will guide you through the maze of sources that document the Irish men and women that fought and died in the First World War.

Using individual stories, Maeve demonstrates how even a ‘burnt’ service record, can retain enough evidence to allow researchers to link up to other related records.

“In researching the WWI soldiers from Glaslough I discovered a wealth of records.  The workshop will focus on how this can be achieved for everyone’s home place.

All workshops are free, but as spaces are limited, these are ticketed events.

To apply for a free ticket, please emailworkshop@localhost and indicate whether you want to attend the workshop taking place in Trinity College or the National Library.


Maeve Mullins and The UCC Genealogy School


Ancestral Connections 2014 is an International Genealogy summer school developed by Lorna Moloney at ACE – University College Cork, it offers a programme of outstanding quality for those interested in tracing their Irish roots.
All aspects of subjects are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts,

This week we caught up with Maeve Mullins who will also be giving a talk at The UCC Genealogy School.


Maeve Mullins will be giving a talk on-

Friday the 4th of July: 2.45pm -3.45pm

“Valuation office-A precious Gem”

Have a lookhere at the line up for this amazing summer school.

Derry-Londonderry-Gateway to a New World


Derry~Londonderry: Gateway to a New World – The story of emigration from the Foyle by sail and steam has just been published in the US by genealogist and Irish emigration expert Brian Mitchell.

Brian Mitchell recounts the history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry from the late 17th century to the year 1939, when the last transatlantic steamer sailed from the port. Derry is ideally situated at head of the River Foyle, twenty-four miles long and only two miles wide at its head, a configuration that provided sailing vessels with a harbor of refuge. During the age of steam, her westerly situation gave her a monetary advantage with coal-burning vessels.

“I would estimate that 6 million Americans can trace their descent to a Scots-Irish ancestor who departed the port of Derry”

published in US on 15 May 2014 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore,www.genealogical.com

You can purchase Brians book now for just $11here

Database of over 500 Directories

Shane Wilson andJoe Buggy have recently released aDatabase of over 550 links to Historic Directories of Ireland available on free and subscription websites,it also includes directories for purchase on CD or download. Details shown include directory date, titles byEneclann,findmypast andOrigins.net and a direct link to relevant website. Online directories may be available as transcripts, ebooks (pdf, FlipBook etc), images or searchable databases.

To access the database,click here.


The perfect end to your family history research

We have teamed up with Tony Hennessy ofGreat Great Great Family Trees to offer you the perfect finishing touches to your family tree.
AfterEneclann have researched your family tree and created a genealogical report for you or perhaps you have carried out your own genealogical investigations, why not let Tony Hennessy from “Great Great Great Family Trees” turn the findings into a handsome family tree. A simple, functional family tree can provide visual clarity to a densely populated report. A ‘presentation’ type family tree, which is ideal for framing, can be admired, cherished, shared and passed on. It also makes a very thoughtful gift for some one special.

Tell me more about how I get my Family Tree designed by Tony Hennessy

Research Tip of the Week

One of the positive ‘side-effects’ of the digital revolution in family history, is that we expect to find out more about an individual or family than ever before.  Our research-team are frequently asked if it’s ever possible to discover anything about an ancestor’s personality? Like all Irish research, this depends very much on the records that have survived down to the present day.

Anyone lucky enough to have letters or a diary will expect to be able to discern something of the writer’s personality. Even marginal notes in a family bible or scribbled on the back of photos can sometimes communicate your ancestors’ inner thoughts and feelings.

Other sources where you may find flashes of personality include newspaper accounts, particularly where the story covers dramatic events in which an ancestor was an eye-witness, and in the testimony recorded in court records.

Even in the most structured official records, you will occasionally find flashes of personality.

Historically, people have sometimes chosen to settle scores in their last will and testament. The 1775 will of Abraham Hill of Bray county Wicklow, indicates a rather waspish individual.  Hill left his ‘reputed son’ William Hill one British shilling “to show him that he had remembrance that there was such a person.”

Heads of household often make playful remarks in the Census returns. In the 1901 Census of Ireland, Jeremiah Heffernan of Cork recorded the marital status of Madge, his 19 year old daughter, as “on the look-out.”

While the 1911 Census return of the De Valera family may reveal something of their household politics.  Nobody told Sineád, Bean DeValera that she wasn’t joint ‘head of family’ with her husband.  She was joint signatory of the original 1911 Census return, to the obvious horror of the enumerator, who scratched out her name and inserted a ‘correct tick’ beside her husband’s signature.

Sometimes the documents prove that we don’t always see ourselves as others see us. In a recent case that involved the Valuation Office Cancelled Books, I found a comment on the family I was researching, made by the evaluator:

“I never had business to do with such a fighting nasty lot for the hour I was with them could hardly keep them from blood-shedding.  The valuation is as fast [secure] as I could make it”

1884 Valuator Geo. Innes[?],Drumahaire, co. Leitrim, Union of Manorhamilton.

By: Eneclann Research Director, Fiona Fitzsimons.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Finding records for soldiers and those involved in World War I

There are many reasons why you might want to find out more information about these men and women engaged in the First World War. Most likely you are just trying to shed light on an ancestor or relative and what they experienced. Thankfully there are many records. Moreover a lot of work has already been done to make access to this information easier.

Members of the First Battalion of the Irish Guards hear of the Armistice

Members of the First Battalion of the Irish Guards hear of the Armistice

First off, a lot of work has been carried out on recording those who died in the war. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains a fairly comprehensive database of graves of soldiers who died which can be viewed on their web site. A committee was also established in Ireland shortly after the end of the war to do the same for those Irish who died. The result was a massive 8 volume record of the 49,300 men of Irish birth or association who were killed. Entitled Ireland’s Memorial Records it was lavishly illustrated by the artist Harry Clarke. Only a 100 sets were ever printed, but thankfully it is searchable and viewable on several web sites, including findmypast.ie, irishorigins.com and others. Neither resource is complete, or always accurate. The In Flanders Museum is now working with Google and Eneclann to improve these details online. But already Tom Burnell and others like him have been trying to produce definitive details for every county in the country, and have published books for Wicklow, Carlow, Waterford and many others. Some of this work is available online at findmypast.ie too.

An illustration by Harry Clarke in the book ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, which gives a record of the men of Irish birth or association who were killed in World War I

An illustration by Harry Clarke in the book ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, which gives a record of the men of Irish birth or association who were killed in World War I

But there is so much more to the history of the war that is not so easily accessible. One of the first resources which is worth looking at are the newspapers from the period. Local newspapers are especially good at reporting the activities and particularly the deaths recorded from their localities. Unfortunately the bulk of Irish newspapers are still not online, although a few are available at findmypast.ie and others at irishnewsarchive.com.

For the lives of the soldiers in general, most will have served in the British military, and like all aspects of the British administration the records are extensive. The principal location for surviving records is the National Archives in Kew which houses the bulk of British military records from the earliest times. Service records were kept for all soldiers. However many of the ones for WW1 were destroyed during WW2 when London was extensively bombed. These are the service records of those soldiers who were disbanded or demobilised at the end of the war. Out of 6.5 million service records that originally existed, only 2 million survive. However, this is just one of many sources of information about the soldiers. There are the service records of another 750,000 men who were discharged for medical reasons prior to end of the war, or were eligible for a pension because their service came to an end before 1920. Also surviving are the records of awards of medals. Over 5 million cards survive detailing what medals individual men and women were entitled to. But you can also bring to life the history of any soldiers’ experience. All units were required to maintain war diaries detailing what happened day by day during the war. Once you know which units any person was assigned to you can literally track their progress through the war by using these records. There is much more surviving in the National Archives too, and their web site is an excellent resource to learn more about what they hold, and what is online (nationalarchives.gov.uk).

An Irish-born man listed in the US war records.

An Irish-born man listed in the US war records

The premier collection of online records concerning all the men who served on the British side is on the website findmypast.ie. They have published many of the records from the National Archives in Kew, and also pulled together the records of the Pals Regiments, which were set up to allow young men to serve alongside their friends, work mates, neighbours, team members, or school friends. They have also published many of the records of army of nurses who operated all over Europe during the war.

But the Irish didn’t just serve in the British army, they were also numerous in Australian, Canadian and of course American forces. Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Rolls record just over 2,000 soldiers who list their next of kin as residing in Ireland. World War I Draft Registration Cards in the USA record some 33,000 individuals that list Ireland as either their place of residence or place birth. These records are also on findmypast.ie.

The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534

The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534

We are also exceptionally lucky here in Ireland that so many records survive from the War of independence from both sides. The Military Archives in Cathal Brugha barracks has been digitising and publishing records from the early years of the Free State army (e.g. the 1922 “census”) online at militaryarchives.ie. Moreover they have published the extensive collection of interviews with participants in the 1916 rebellion and the War of Independence compiled by the Bureau of Military History in the 1940s. Many of those who were active in that struggle were veterans of WW1, radicalised like so many others across Europe by the horrors they witnessed. The Military Archives are now working on the extraordinary records of the rebel volunteers known as the Collin papers. Rarely do the archives of an insurgent force survive. Along with the pension and medal files for those who were active during the revolutionary period, the future for access to these records is very exciting indeed. Hopefully the corresponding records of British and Irish soldiers who fought against the Insurgents in Ireland will also be published by the National Archives in Kew.

Another exciting project is currently underway at the Imperial War Museum entitled Lives of the First World War. This online resource seeks to tell the story of everyone involved in the war at livesofthefirstworldwar.org. They are publishing many resources to help users track the stories of those who fought and all those who lives were impacted by the war. The hope is to link the collection of (mostly private) documents collected by the IWM with census records, military service records, war diaries and other official sources, to which will be added the private mementos collected by the families themselves which will be uploaded by their descendants. It promises to be an exemplary crowd sourced resource once it is completed. Seeing this I wonder whether we could generate the same sort of project in Ireland, a Lives of the Revolutionary Period perhaps, where we could tell the stories of all those engaged in conflict at home and abroad through those tumultuous years from 1914 to 23, and including WW1, rebellion, loyalism, the War of Independence, the civil war and the foundation of the two states.

Brian Donovan is CEO of Eneclann Ltd. and Business Development Director of findmypast Ireland


The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534

The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534

The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534

The records of Private John Barry, a member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was killed in action in France on June 26, 1916. The records show his place of birth as Kilkenny. His regiment number was listed as 2534













You can also view the edited versions of these articles in The Independent.ie

How to find your family’s records